The government’s demonetisation move, which reportedly hit demand in several sectors, has not had any impact on air travel in the country. The Indian aviation industry’s strong passenger growth continued unabated in December when domestic airlines flew 23.91 per cent more passengers than a year earlier, according to latest data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
In November, when demonetisation was announced, the aviation sector had recorded 22.45 per cent passenger growth.
According to DGCA data, all national scheduled carriers flew their planes with over 80 per cent of their seats full in December, traditionally a peak travel month. The list was led by SpiceJet that recorded a load factor of 93.7 per cent. It was the 21st month in a row that SpiceJet flew its planes with over 90 per cent seats full.
IndiGo, the largest domestic carrier that flew 40.3 per cent of total passengers in the sector in December, had 91.45 per cent of seats in its aircraft full during the month. It was followed by GoAir with 90.7 per cent load factor.